SILKSWORTH CW look to be on the right road after a brilliant 4-2 Monkwearmouth Cup victory at ambitious Redcar Athletic.
Redcar, with hopes of joining the Ebac Northern League, were the favourites for Saturday’s tie on Teesside, but were stunned when Andy Place bagged a brace inside the opening 39 minutes for the reborn Silksworth side.
Although Stephen Barker reduced the deficit before the interval, the impressive Colliers went 4-1 up courtesy of Robert Hall and an own goal.
Barker grabbed a late consolation, but Mark McGinley’s side comfortably held on for fully-deserved progress into the quarter-finals.
Easington Colliery staged a stunning fightback at Coxhoe Athletic, who had appeared to be coasting to victory.
Ben Haddock, Shane Todd and James Laidler had the hosts three goals up before the Colliers turned the tables, as Paul Taylor (2), Chris Johnson, James Parkinson (penalty) and Ryan Mather transformed the 3-0 deficit into a 5-3 lead.
The drama was not over, though, and when Haddock struck again for Coxhoe to close the gap to a single goal, it was all to play for. But Easington held on.
Harton and Westoe went through 4-2 on penalties at Boldon CA after a goalless draw, while Annfield Plain edged past Hartlepool 5-4 in a shoot-out, following a 1-1 draw in which Kyle Amos netted for Plain.
In the league, Ryhope CW’s match at former Northern League rivals Horden CW was eventful to say the least.
Martin Swales’s men led through Chris Winn for 73 minutes until Horden’s Ryan Brymer restored parity in the last minute. Ryhope, though, ended with only eight players after having Clayton Davis, Martin Metcalfe and John Butler sent off.
Sunderland West End blew a two-goal lead as Wolviston rallied for a 2-2 draw at Ford Quarry.
Barry Turton and Andrew Upperton appeared to have Andy Colledge’s side on the road to victory, but, after Kristof Chalilocoulas threw Wolviston a lifeline, Stephen Kilpatrick grabbed the visitors’ leveller.
Ashbrooke Belford House were well beaten by visitors Richmond Town, who led 3-0 by the 22nd minute thanks to Callum Holbrook, Carl Chillingsworth and Liam Darville.
Although David Scott netted at the other end, Richmond completed a 5-1 win as Josh Lincoln and Ross Hodgson struck.
Jarrow were the day’s top scorers, routing Leam Rangers 6-0 as Andrew Wilkinson (2), Grant Pressling (2), Nick Pain and Daryl Turnbull all struck.
Prudhoe Town had Joe Gill sent off on 61 minutes and a 1-0 deficit turned into a 5-0 drubbing at Seaton Carew.